The black-necked stilt
reproductive colony occupied an area of ~106 ha in the study area (Lunardi et al., 2015).
A new genus and species of Cyclocoelid from the black-necked stilt
, Himantopus mexicanus (Recurvirostridae) from Galveston, Texas.
Breeding biology of the American avocet and black-necked stilt
in northern Utah.
Six habitats are used for nesting in Laguna Cuyutlan: Mangroves on larger islands (pelecaniformes and ciconiiformes); mangrove shrubs on islets (green heron); low islets in shallow water (black-necked stilt
, laughing gull, royal tern, gull-billed tern, Forster's tern, and black skimmer); marsh (clapper rail); saltflats (snowy and Wilson's plovers and least tern); and patches of tropical deciduous forest (neotropic cormorant, black-bellied whistling-duck).
Nesting was uncommon even among resident species but was documented (nests and/or young) for Killdeer, Pied-billed Grebe, Least Grebe, Black-necked Stilt
and Mottled Duck.
We documented the nesting of 15 species of non-Laridae waterbirds: Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), Tricolored Egret (Egretta tricolor), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Nightheron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Green Heron (Butorides virescens), Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), White Ibis (Eudocimus albus), Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris), Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), and Black-necked Stilt
are beginning to colonize Fern Ridge Lake.
The oysters, clams, shrimp, crabs and hundreds of species of fish that are born here provide food for the many birds that patrol its waters, such as white pelicans (above) and black-necked stilts
, shown here performing a mating ritual (left).
Family groups of black-necked stilts
chatter, the calm water reflecting their long red legs and black-and-white bodies.
Killdeer and especially Black-necked Stilts
nested at the site in good numbers.
Curlews, willets, and black-necked stilts
hide in the tall grasses on the pond's edge.
Best bets: Black-necked stilts
are beginning to colonize Fern Ridge Reservoir.
More than 230 species-from endangered wood storks, roseate spoonbills, ospreys and white pelicans to painted buntings, yellow-crowned night herons, black-necked stilts
and oyster catchers-spend all or part of the year there.
Their sheer numbers organically drawn in a single flock or gathered together on any given day on mud flats, marshlands, or open water, during spring and fall migrations, split the imagination wide-open: 10,000 snowy plovers; 17,000 Western sandpipers; 32,000 long-billed dowitchers; 65,000 black-necked stilts
; 250,000 American avocets; 400,000 eared grebes; 500,000 Wilson's phalaropes.
Deep ruts, remnant tracks of oxcarts used by Spanish colonists to haul mined salt, can still be seen at the 530-acre (215-ha) salt lake, La Sal del Rey or "the King's Salt." Black-necked stilts
(Himantopus mexicanus), black skimmers (Rynchops niger), and least and gull-billed terns (Sterna antillarum and Sterna nilotica, respectively) can be found nesting along the shorelines of the salt lakes.